Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET) 2nd Edition

Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET™) focuses on assessing and treating injuries in five anatomic areas: neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis, and upper and lower extremities. This one-day cadaver course exposes learners to procedures not frequently used but critical when time matters, with hands-on learning, reinforcing pre-course online modules. Low student-to-faculty ratio allows extensive faculty guidance. 



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Target Audience

The ASSET course is intended for:

  • Senior surgical residents
  • Trauma fellows
  • Military surgeons
  • Fully trained general surgeons who are not frequently called on to treat penetrating injuries

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants will be able to...

  • Apply knowledge of key anatomical exposures for the care of acutely injured surgical patients.
  • Demonstrate technical ability to expose important structures that may require acute surgical intervention to save life or limb.
  • Perform anatomic exposures independently.


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 7.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 7.50 Certificate of Completion
  • 7.50 Self Assessment Credit
Course opens: 
Course expires: 


In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all financial relationships with any commercial interest (termed by the ACCME as “ineligible companies”, defined below) held in the last 24 months (see below for definitions). Please note that first authors were required to collect and submit disclosure information on behalf all other authors/contributors, if applicable.


Ineligible Company:  The ACCME defines an “ineligible company” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients. Providers of clinical services directly to patients are NOT included in this definition.

Financial Relationships: Relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit.  Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected.

Conflict of Interest: Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of an ineligible company with which he/she has a financial relationship.


The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity.  Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during the educational activity, please report it on the evaluation.


For course-specific disclosure listings, please refer to the disclosure insert provided at your course site.

ASSET Planning/Development Committee Disclosures:

Mark Bowyer, MD, FACS, FRCS (Glasg)
Nothing to disclose

Daniel Grabo, MD, FACS
Nothing to disclose

Eric Kuncir, MD, FACS
Nothing to disclose

Neil Parry, MD, FRCSC, FACS
Nothing to disclose

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the learner to earn credit toward the CME and Self-Assessment requirements of the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification program.

Through an agreement between the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, MOC Program participants may record completed self-assessment programs or simulation activities developed and accredited by the American College of Surgeons in Section 3 of the Royal College's MOC Program. 

Available Credit

  • 7.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 7.50 Certificate of Completion
  • 7.50 Self Assessment Credit
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